Queen Elizabeth II on Tuesday said that the royal family will address allegations of racism made against them by Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan Markle, in their interview with Oprah Winfrey. Here is all you need to know about the response:
• The queen’s comments were her first since that interview was aired.
• Harry and Meghan Markle also detailed a lack of support by the royal family for the latter’s mental health issues and media intrusion.
• “The whole family is saddened to learn the full extent of how challenging the last few years have been for Harry and Meghan,” Elizabeth said in a statement after hours of speculation about how she would respond to the claims.
• “The issues raised, particularly that of race, are concerning. While some recollections may vary, they are taken very seriously and will be addressed by the family privately.”
• “Harry, Meghan, and Archie will always be much-loved family members.”
• The palace was said to have held “crisis talks” before issuing the statement, according to British media reports.
• Senior royals were reported to have had urgent discussions over how to limit the fallout from the interview
• Harry and Meghan have alleged that a member of the family also questioned what skin tone their then-unborn child might have.
• Meghan is the first mixed-race member of the modern British royal family.
News Source: Hindustan Times